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I’m getting a little bit stressed, well OK a LOT stressed. Hayley leaves for Brazil on Saturday afternoon. It’s getting too close. They lost a crucial document at the Brazilian consulate in Toronto and we still don’t have her passport back with the visa, so hopefully maybe she’ll be delayed.

All that said, I DIDN’T drink all of the beers that once existed below these caps!! HONEST ;) Hayley and her fellow employees collected these at work (waitress @ Alberts) and she had ME making bottle cap lapel pins with them tonight. Rotary exchange students trade pins to wear on their ‘red Rotary jackets’ and rather than buy a bunch of pins Hayley thought these caps would work. She is right, they are very cool (and that’s coming from a non-drinker (whole other post)).

I’ve discovered I have a knack for using a glue gun, I’m just full of hidden talents! Something new for the resume.

Hayley did pick a blog name: www.musingsfromblondie.com (I think she has a couple of short posts up). Tomorrow we will be doing a quick review of Flickr and WordPress (AFTER I finish the rest of the pins) so she is ready to start blogging!


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Hannah · August 10, 2007 at 12:51 am

I think those bottle caps will make really cute pins!! All the best for Hayley’s departure, I hope all the little issues get sorted, and the stress level drops. Very exciting – though I imagine a bit sad/difficult for you?? She’ll have a great time though.

Lorie · August 10, 2007 at 2:01 am

Those are too cute!

laura · August 10, 2007 at 4:30 am

Glue-gun talent is under-rated, for sure. I think the pins are divine!

Kait · August 10, 2007 at 5:30 am

I’ve never had much luck with glue guns myself. I just end up burning my fingers!

Safire · August 10, 2007 at 6:04 am

Great idea for pins! I’m in awe of your ability to use a glue gun…I hate them!

Karyne · August 10, 2007 at 6:08 am

It’s a great idea obviously to do pins with beer caps! You both are very imaginative! Good luck to Hayley in her Brazilian adventure.

Marla · August 10, 2007 at 6:27 am

I love the bottle cap/pin idea! Our family has been involved with Rotary exchange for a number of years ~ we still visit with our first exchange student who came to us from Mexico in 1974.

Charlotte · August 10, 2007 at 7:06 am

Senidng best wishes to your daughter on her trip to Brazil!

Christina · August 10, 2007 at 7:24 am

Good luck to Hayley (and you)!

Montserrat · August 10, 2007 at 7:32 am

What a great recycling idea. Hope all goes well and as planned for Hayley. She’ll have a fabulous time!

Mimi · August 10, 2007 at 7:38 am

All the best to Hayley…exchanges are often the experience of a lifetime…and although departures are always hard (for the family as well),you come back with soooo much that you realize it was well worth it!

Lucy · August 10, 2007 at 7:48 am

Those girls will love those pins! I went to an international girl scout camp once and remember trading pins, but I don’t think I got any nearly as cute as those!

jw4mkc · August 10, 2007 at 7:57 am

That is the neatest idea and those caps are perfect! I checked a week or so ago to see if her site was up and saw that it was.. She also has on there about the passport situation..Good Luck to her & maybe she will be prolonged a few days for you.. Just think how fast 18 years went by.. 11 months will be over before you know it.

Carey · August 10, 2007 at 8:02 am

Those pins are cute! Good luck with her passport.

Michelle · August 10, 2007 at 8:05 am

Those will make super cute pins! Hope Hayley has a wonderful experience.

Heather · August 10, 2007 at 8:17 am

Those bottlecaps are a great idea!

Mama K · August 10, 2007 at 8:21 am

Love the bottle caps! Cute with an obvious nod to her home country.

Alexia · August 10, 2007 at 8:45 am

What a great idea Hayley came up with!

Lisa · August 10, 2007 at 9:15 am

Greatr idea for pins. They are cute and will be unique. She will have a great time:) Praying her paperwork comes through today.

Priya · August 10, 2007 at 9:17 am

wow lovely pins…what BEER is that??
wishing hayley a safe journey.

Jen the Mom · August 10, 2007 at 9:22 am

We’re hoping to take the whole family on a 12-18 month trip including Brazil so I’m anxious to read all about her thoughts and experiences!

Andrea · August 10, 2007 at 9:28 am

Hopefully all works out with her paperwork…although I sure understand how it will be hard for you when she leaves!!

Jaime Stephens · August 10, 2007 at 9:31 am

What a great environmentally friendly idea. They look awesome.


lace · August 10, 2007 at 9:40 am

Those are great looking pins.

Good luck to Hayley and to you and your family. It’s great that she has a blog and you will be able to keep up with her doings.

Julie · August 10, 2007 at 9:42 am

Hopefully it all works out and great idea!

Cherylyn · August 10, 2007 at 9:45 am

Those are awesome! YOu area very good mommy to be making the pins, I’d be handing over a glue gun and saying, “you’re a big girl now, have fun!” Mind you, glue guns and I do not get along! Have a great day!

Kami · August 10, 2007 at 9:57 am

What a great idea! Those are about as Canadian as they get and also eco-friendly too :-)

Hope everything gets sorted out soon, I can’t even imagine sending one of my babies off to Brazil. You are a brave Mom!

Teresa · August 10, 2007 at 10:29 am

What a great idea to use the bottle caps as pins!! Good luck as you try to get everything ready for her trip.

jenB · August 10, 2007 at 11:31 am

The pins are an AWESOME idea! I may borrow it. If I can. :-)

Corey · August 10, 2007 at 11:48 am

Those are pretty all lined up like that! :)

Corey · August 10, 2007 at 11:49 am

oh and I picked you as a Rockin Girl Blogger! :) I mean it doesn’t get more rockin than YOU! :)

glittersmama · August 10, 2007 at 12:12 pm

What’s up with delayed passports?

Mefeng · August 10, 2007 at 12:35 pm

I used to collect pin when I was yong(er) but never have one like this. What a great idea, nice! Good luck to Hayley in Brazil.

Bree · August 10, 2007 at 12:44 pm

Those pins are cute! what a great idea!! Hope Hayley has a safe and fantabulous time in Brazil! what an experience!

Diane · August 10, 2007 at 1:33 pm

Brazil what a wonderful trip… nerve racking for you I imagine… cute pins though!

Damselfly · August 10, 2007 at 2:58 pm

I hope things work out for your daughter and her trip to Brazil. I’m sure you hate to see her go, but it will be so life-enriching for her.

Those bottle caps are great! I had no idea they were for beer. I actually thought they were buttons.

Ann · August 10, 2007 at 2:59 pm

Bottle caps used as pins…very creative.

Naomi · August 10, 2007 at 3:42 pm

my husband flattens bottle caps and then nails them to his sculptures so they make a kind of fish scale mosaic. the maple leaf ones are nice!

good luck to hayley- what a great adventure.

PamW · August 10, 2007 at 4:23 pm

Those are super cute pins. If you want to get some of the little Canada flag pins for free for her to pass out in Brazil you can if you contact your um, MP or MLA. Can’t remember which one, but if you phone their offices you can get a bunch from atleast one of them. If she’s delayed you might actually be able to get them before she goes (you can get so many for free just by going to their office, but it’s not many but if it’s for something like your daughter’s trip you can get more but need to make arrangements)

Susy-Q · August 10, 2007 at 5:19 pm

It must be difficult to let her go. I had a VISA problem too once and I was stressed out of my skull. I ended up having to delay my flight which in the end turned out fine, although I hope for Hayley’s sake that she will not be delayed on what she is probably totally excited about. I like the blog name. It’s great. You might have to add the blog to your “Other blogs I like” section!

Paula · August 10, 2007 at 6:27 pm

I love the artwork on Haley’s blog!

Jamie · August 10, 2007 at 6:52 pm

You know, I really think that maple leafs are the best ones around!

Whenever my kids see one now, they yell “CA-NA-DA! CA-NA-DA!”

Ness · August 10, 2007 at 7:22 pm

That is stressfull but maybe you’ll get a few more days to enjoy her. What a blessing.

Kathryn · August 10, 2007 at 7:23 pm

I think those make great pins. My oldest is 10.. I can’t imagine letting him go so far away.. You’ll be okay, mama. (Isn’t that what we say to each other? )

Yan · August 11, 2007 at 12:00 am

Cool pins ! Good luck Hayley and have a safe trip.

Jennifer Walker · August 11, 2007 at 6:29 am

Representing Canada!

Cathy · August 11, 2007 at 12:42 pm

Love the pins! Great idea!

Jaime Stephens · August 11, 2007 at 5:02 pm

OK I have to ask… where did you get the pins to put on the backs? I would love to make some similar pins to give to friends & family that are original.

PamW · August 11, 2007 at 5:09 pm

So, did Hayley leave today or are you still waiting on the visa thing and enjoying a few more days with her? She’ll be back before you know it I’m sure.

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